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No timeline for Bergdahl's reintegration process

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 01:45

June 14 - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before his sudden release in May, is in stable condition at a military hospital in Texas but no timeline has been set for his reintegration back into society. Mana Rabiee reports.

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He was held by the Taliban for nearly five years. Now, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is getting the treatment he needs at this military medical facility in Texas. Officials say he's in stable condition. Eating a bland diet but hasn't met with his family just yet. kAMROWSKI-pOPPEN Officials also won't set a timetable for his full recovery. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COLONEL BRADLEY J. KAMROWSKI-POPPEN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, HUMAN FACTORS AT THE JOINT PERSONNEL RECOVERY AGENCY, SAYING: "We don't know. There is no average time of reintegration. Each case is unique and different, I think this case is particularly unique for its length, over five years, and again we know that he did not have any contact with U.S. service members during his time of captivity, he did not have a chance to have fellowship overall so it will proceed at his pace." Reintegration. For Bergdahl, it reportedly means revamping his life coping skills. Deciding everyday mundane details for himself now...for the first time in years. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COLONEL BRADLEY J. KAMROWSKI-POPPEN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, HUMAN FACTORS AT THE JOINT PERSONNEL RECOVERY AGENCY, SAYING: "Everyone of us decided what to put on today, what to have for breakfast, where we're going for lunch. Those decision-making processes have been fundamentally removed from him, where he was told when to eat, what to eat, where to eat, when to go to the bathroom, all those sorts of things. So one of the big concepts is to get him to have a sense of predictability and control of his environment." Officials say Bergdahl hasn't been told about the controversy surrounding his release. It came in exchange for five senior Taliban detained at Guantanamo, Cuba, and it brought allegations that Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan before his capture. Officials say they'll eventually question Bergdahl about his capture. He could potentially face a dishonoroubale discharge if convicted of desertion. The more lenient option is medical retirement that includes a pension.

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No timeline for Bergdahl's reintegration process

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 01:45